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Ms Taylah Gaynor

BSc(Hon), La Trobe University

Taylah is a PhD Candidate in the Cardiac Cellular Systems Laboratory having been granted a La Trobe University – Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute Joint Scholarship in 2019 under the supervision of Dr Alex Pinto, Prof Grant Drummond and Prof Chris Sobey. Taylah’s project aims to explore the role of mature fat cells (adipocytes) in the cardiovascular system in both a male and female context of health and disease. To do this, Taylah utilises single-cell and nucleus RNA sequencing techniques paired with tissue clearing, immunofluorescence staining and high-resolution imaging. In doing so, she hopes to conduct in silico analysis of her datasets to uncover changes in tissue cellularity, gene expression and cell-to-cell interactions whilst exploring any sexual dimorphisms. In 2020, Taylah was granted a competitive RhD Student Grant from the Defence Science Institute at Melbourne University to support her through her studies. Moreover, she was selected as a mentee for the award-winning and competitive Industry Mentoring Network in STEM (IMNIS) Program through the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering. Most recently, Taylah was awarded the Bakers prestigious Rod Andrews Award for the best student presentation at the Institutes internal symposium. Finally, alongside her PhD, Taylah is a Teaching Associate for the Central Clinical School (Immunology, Alfred Hospital) at Monash University.

Previously, Taylah completed a Bachelor of Science at La Trobe University in 2017 where she majored in Genetics and Microbiology. Following this, she completed an Honours year (2018) in Microbiology within a molecular parasitology laboratory working with malaria parasites.

Achievements

  • Prestigious Rod Andrews Award Recipient, Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute (2021)
  • 3-Minute Thesis School Round Runner Up, La Trobe University (2021)
  • Selected mentee for competitive Industry Mentoring Network in STEM (IMNIS) Program, Academy of Technology and Engineering (2020)
  • Competitive RhD Student Grant, Defence Science Institute (DSI), Melbourne University (2020)
  • Full Research Training Program (RTP) joint La Trobe University – Baker Institute Scholarship (2019)
  • First-Class Honours in Microbiology, La Trobe University (2018)

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